Upgrades to Jacksonville Beach MarinaPublished on October 4, 2022
Thanks to the teamwork of Windward Marina Group, Golden Boat Lifts, and Jacksonville-based Beacon Construction, Jax Beach Marine has undergone extensive upgrades. Located just east of Jacksonville on Beach Boulevard, the marina provides direct access to Florida’s Intracoastal Waterway. Among the recent improvements, which include new seawalls, increased storage, and renovated customer service facilities, the marina is proud to offer 25 new Golden boat lifts to its customers.
“We’re seeing a new trend of marinas upgrading to lift slips,” said Michael Shanley, Golden Marine Systems president. “Especially for larger vessels that push the limits of indoor storage, lifts keep the boats out of the water and safe from the elements. They also provide owners fast and easy access, while reducing the need and expense for marina staff to be involved in every launch. In addition, marina owners are realizing premium rates for lift slips with fast returns on investments.”
The new boat lifts include 15 Golden Aluminum Four-Post Boat Lifts with 28,000 lb. capacities and 10 that accommodate vessels up to 40,000 lbs. Golden also used their Systems 9-Series aluminum walkways to create 25 custom fixed docks for access to each lift. Each dock is built from fully welded 6061 T6 marine-grade aluminum with stainless steel components and topped with Endeck composite decking. Other recent work included dredge work to deepen the marina to six feet at low tide to accommodate larger vessels, as well as upgrading the marina’s power from 208V dual phase to 240V single phase.
“Our customers have been happy with the unrestricted access to their boats that the lift slips offer,” said Allen “Gus” Gustafson, Beach Marine’s director of marina operations. Boat lifts can protect vessels by eliminating fender wear caused by continuous wave action and mitigating marine growth by keeping the hull dry. Gustafson said the facility is